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It is easy to kill someone with a slash of a sword. It is hard to be impossible for others to cut down.

Impossibility is the state of something not being possible. In law, such a state of affairs is a defense to a breach of contract — for example, a contract to pay painters to paint a house may be voided as impossible if the house burns to the ground the day before the painters arrive.


  • Álomban és szerelemben nincs lehetetlenség.
    • In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
      • János Arany, as quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893) by James Wood, p. 11.
  • It is not a lucky word, this same impossible; no good comes of those that have it so often in their mouth.
    • Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution, A History (1837), Part III, Book III, Chapter X.
  • Myths are themselves a very important kind of proof. Myths preserve the history of human thought - dreams, nightmares, and memories - as well as the history of human deeds. And tangible proof aside, the legendary Amazons have been an almost universal male nightmare. Men have believed in them. Psychologically speaking, we don't fear something that doesn't exist, something that never happened, something that never could happen - any more than people forbid or regulate something that no one wants to do anyway.
  • How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
  • The Doctor: I don't know where we're going, but my old hand's rather excited about it.
Donna: I thought that was just some freaky alien thing. You telling me it's yours?
The Doctor: Well.
Martha: It got cut off—he grew a new one.
Donna: You are completely impossible.
The Doctor: Not impossible. Just... a bit unlikely.
  • Doctor Who The Doctor's Daughter written by Stephen Greenhorn
  • It is easy to kill someone with a slash of a sword. It is hard to be impossible for others to cut down.
    • Yagyū Munenori, as quoted in Behold the Second Horseman (2005), by Joseph Lumpkin, p. 53.
  • Mello: The murder notebook. It's a Shinigami's notebook, and people who touch it are able to see the Shinigami.
Rester: I-impossible.
Gevanni: Who's going to believe that? A Shinigami...?
Near: [pauses] I believe him. What advantage is there for Mello in coming up with such a stupid story about a Shinigami really existing? If he were telling a lie, he would tell me a normal — more meaningful — lie. Therefore, the Shinigami exists.
  • The two main Pillars of our Civilization,
    Jesus and Shakespeare said:
    "Nothing shall be impossible to Humans" (Jesus)
    "Impossibility is only seemingly impossible" (Shak.)
  • Achieving impossibilities is the method of Economy of Evolution;
    ...all directed to a discovery of the Creativeness of the Universe!
    • B. B. Stoller, Biologizing the Universe (1983)
  • Zack: Ivy, we're talking about making a dinosaur. No one can really do that.
Ivy: You know it and I know it but that doesn't mean Carmen might not try it Zack.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 390
  • You cannot make a crab walk straight.
  • And what's impossible, can't be,
    And never, never comes to pass.
  • Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
  • Simul flare sorbereque haud facile
    Est: ego hic esse et illic simul, haud potui.
    • To blow and to swallow at the same time is not easy; I cannot at the same time be here and also there.
    • Plautus, Mostellaria, Act III. 2. 105.
  • Certum est quia impossibile est.
    • The fact is certain because it is impossible.
    • Tertullian, De Carne Christi, Chapter V, Part II. Called "Tertullian's rule of faith." Also given "Credo quia impossibile." I believe because it is impossible. Same idea in St. Augustine—Confessions, VI. 5. (7). Credo quia absurdum est. An anonymous rendering of the same.
  • You cannot make, my Lord, I fear, a velvet purse of a sow's ear.

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